Drakensberg region under fracking threat

13 Sep 2012 06:00 #55227 by intrepid
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South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) says it will move to consider the shale-gas exploration licence applications for the Karoo basin, but indicated on Tuesday that only “normal” exploration “excluding actual hydraulic fracturing”, or fracking, will be allowed until the country’s mining regulations had been “augmented” to take account of the unique issues posed by the process.

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu clarified normal exploration to include “drilling”, as well as geophysical and geochemical mapping. But exploratory fracking would not be allowed during the 6 to 12 months it would take to formulate “appropriate regulations, controls and coordination systems”.

www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/shale-licencing-to-proceed-but-exploratory-fracking-prohibited-for-now-2012-09-11

Disappointing indicators are things such as only 4198 signatures collected so far on the Avaaz petition . We need way more of a public outcry.

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13 Sep 2012 07:54 #55232 by ghaznavid
The petition I joined (Care to Action's one as per one of the initial posts) had over 16000 - so thats combined more than 20 000 out of a population of approx 50 mil, thats huge.

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21 Sep 2012 06:36 #55294 by plouw
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26 Sep 2012 06:41 - 27 Sep 2012 09:51 #55328 by plouw
The following information was provided by the Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG).
As can be seen, the Karoo is just the start....imagine the view from Ledgers Cave with gas fields stretching into Natal as far as the eye can see.







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26 Sep 2012 06:52 - 26 Sep 2012 06:54 #55329 by plouw

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28 Sep 2013 09:44 #58601 by intrepid

A relatively unknown group of Gauteng entrepreneurs could be the main beneficiaries of plans to “frack” shale gas in KwaZulu-Natal.

Sungu Sungu, an empowerment group largely based in Joburg and Pretoria, has been awarded three preliminary “exploration” permits covering chunks of the central and northern parts of the province.

The largest exploration area is in the Ladysmith/Bergville area, below the water-rich Drakensberg, with a second block in the coal belt south of Newcastle.

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01 Oct 2013 06:17 #58624 by Viking
That really is terrible. What exactly does the exploration entail? Fracking on a smaller scale or sample drilling?

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01 Oct 2013 06:21 #58625 by plouw
And half of the country's water comes from here. It's like pissing in your own drinking water.
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01 Oct 2013 06:31 #58627 by ghaznavid

plouw wrote: It's like pissing in your own drinking water.


That metaphor is too nice and sweet for what it is - you can kill e-coli by boiling the water or chlorine pills. Nothing you can do once the chemicals used in frakking get into your water :sick:

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01 Oct 2013 06:36 - 01 Oct 2013 06:37 #58628 by plouw
From Karen Rademeyer from the Treasure The Karoo Action Group:

"What are you good at? Are you into cylcing, running, canoeing, a big walk, work in a company with staff involvement in community projects, can you organise a school dance, access to a sports club, nightclub, etc, etc. Then register as an activist for TKAG on the link below. Its EASY!! You set your fundraising target figure eg R2000 to cycle from Blouberg to Cape Town. Then ask your friends to sponsor you! R20 per km, easily online too! Register here: www.givengain.com/cause/2961/activists/ If they ask why you doing it, you doing it for a good cause - Saving the South African people, animals and environment from fracking."

What about a Grand Traverse as fundraiser?
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